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I'm a 13 year old boy that's good with technology. I don't want a way to make money that costs money. I considered mowing, but I live in a town with 4,000 people in it and not many people need their lawns mowed.

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By Haeven L.

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January 15, 20140 found this helpful
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I don't think anybody will hire a 13 year old to do technology work for them and the ones that do ask you to do it will expect it done for free, given your age. Depending on how much money you want to acquire, you should be able to make enough for spending money by cutting grass, even if it isn't for many people. There are bound to be senior citizens and disabled people that need that kind of work done, also shoveling snow. You could also probably do some cleaning for them, the things that are hard for them to do. There is also baby sitting. Depending on when you will be 14, there are some businesses that will hire kids that are 14, it is for a very limited number of hours per day and only for certain jobs.

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January 17, 20140 found this helpful
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I agree with the first response.

You need to find a job that people find hard to do or are willing to spend money for you to do it for them. So jobs where you have to bend over, or work on the ground, or be in an odd position - where someone as young as yourself has no problem, but older folks find tedious or numbing.

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Convincing people to pay for these jobs can be difficult. Just saying - do you have any odd jobs I can do for you, is less effective than throwing out some possibilities like weeding, mowing, painting the garage, cleaning the garage ...or any odd jobs. Give their minds some possibilities to consider.

Keep a high standard for the work you do, and concern yourself with doing the very best possible job, so there is no reasonable way they can find an excuse to not pay you. Every job is a billboard and a referral. Great work leads to great referrals. Getting started is hard, but perseverance almost always pays.

Mowing is possible, but even better weeding - the lawn or garden. Time consuming, but push the organic approach and that hand weeding can remove more root, and the result will last longer. Consider a lower hourly wage plus # of cents per weed with 4 inch roots or longer. People are more willing to pay if they can see great results.

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If you have a good reason for the money e.g. saving for college education, something that your client can relate to, being able to speak about this can set the client's minds at ease and help them believe they are helping you reach your goals. This is not a ploy you mention as you seek for work, but an answer you should have ready when the people ask what you will do with your earnings.

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January 17, 20140 found this helpful

I like redhatter's suggestions of babysitting, mowing, and snow shoveling, if you live in an area with snow. You could also look into a paper route. I am not sure how old you have to be to do that. There are lots of odd jobs that you might get hired to do -- helping people clean out sheds, moving boxes for people, perhaps helping people buy groceries, walk dogs, etc. I have considered getting a teen to come to my house when I am traveling on trips to feed my cats, clean their litter box, and then keep them company for an hour or so.

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Since you live in a smaller town, you should be able to get referrals from people that your teachers and parents know, if you advertize that you are available for odd jobs. Put up a poster advertizing your services for jobs you might do in a local grocery store. Needless to say, you should get your parents approval for all the jobs you do, as you want to be sure that you are working for reputable and honest people.

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